Human remains discovered near Renous earlier this month have been identified as being those of Wayne Rattray, of Tilley, and RCMP are now investigating his death as a murder.

Police have not said why they believe Rattray, 59, was murdered, only that the investigation has led them to believe that.

The cause of death has not been released.

Rattray had been missing since March 2. He was last seen early that morning, near his residence on Walker Road.

A short time later, emergency crews responded to a fire at his home, which was destroyed, Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said in a statement.

Rattray's pickup truck, a grey 2000 GMC Sierra, was also found engulfed in flames on March 7, off of Highway 109 in the neighbouring community of Three Brooks, about 25 kilometres east of Tilley.

His remains were discovered about 162 kilometres east of his home, on an island in the Renous River during Victoria Day weekend. Canoeists made the grisly discovery on May 21, around noon.

He had been wearing jeans and camouflage boots.

Anyone with information about the disappearance or death of Rattray is asked to contact the RCMP's major crime unit at 506-452-3491, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Tilley and Renous

Wayne Rattray's remains were discovered on an island in the Renous River, about 162 km east of his Tilley home, where he was last seen on March 2. (Google Maps)